Shouldn’t that be cops or police or policemen in the his headline on Yahoo! Sports’ “Prep Rally”?
Before adopting police, the states might consider adopting some policies regarding what the heck they’ll do with adopted cops.
Most people know a little something about the apostrophe. They know the apostrophe’s uses include showing possession. They know it’s also used in something called contractions — not the kind involving birthin’ babies. The kind that involves removing a letter or two from a word or words, like isn’t, we’ve, and they’re. The apostrophe shows where there’s a letter or two gone missin’. It’s helpful to your readers, except if you put it in the wrong place:
I gotta give the writer for Yahoo! Sports’ “Prep Rally” credit for at least tryin’. But the contraction he’s looking for is ’tis — a contraction for it is.
We don’t smile when we read something like this on Yahoo! Sports‘ “Prep Rally”:
What makes us at Terribly Write smile every time is correct pronoun use.
If I were more interested in the subject matter, I might read the article below this intriguing headline on Yahoo! Sports‘ “Prep Rally” just to see what the heck it means:
But I am not inspired. Maybe someone out there can tell me why there’s an apostrophe after Brad Stevens and what an an means.
I’m gonna make no bones about my opinion of this excerpt from Yahoo! Sports‘ “Prep Rally”: It sucks.
The writer clearly doesn’t know that vertebrae is the plural of vertebra. As far as I know, human beings have only one seventh vertebra, not multiple seventh vertebrae.
Using the wrong word can have a negative effect on your readers. Using the verb affect when the noun effect is called for can affect your credibility. It makes me wonder who could respect the writer for Yahoo! Sports‘ “Prep Rally” after reading this:
I nearly spit out my sugar-free vanilla nonfat vendi latte when I read this on Yahoo! Sports‘ “Prep Rally”:
Just to prove it wasn’t a careless mistake, the writer makes it again:
That’s when I thought I would die laughing.
OK, I don’t know how a professional writer doesn’t know that the partner of neither is nor, not or. But apparently this guy from Yahoo! Sports‘ “Prep Rally” doesn’t know that:
So, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to see that he also doesn’t know that the verb think should be thinks, since it should agree with mother. (When two nouns are joined by neither… nor to form a subject, the verb must agree with the noun closer to it.)